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Eric Lu (piano)
Venue: John Innes Conference Centre
Schumann. Variations in E flat (‘Ghost’ Variations)
Brahms. Intermezzo in E flat, Op.117 No.1
Brahms. 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118
Chopin. 24 Preludes, Op.28
At the age of 20, Eric Lu was the acclaimed 1st prize winner of last year’s Leeds International Piano Competition. His intriguing programme here takes its point of departure from Schumann’s last composition, based on a theme he believed had been dictated to him by the spirits of Schubert and Mendelssohn. The first of Brahms’s late Intermezzos Op.117 seems to lay Schumann gently to rest; while Chopin’s 24 Preludes make their way through all the major and minor keys ith kaleidoscopic shifts of mood.